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SUNRISE project aims to reach over 1m vulnerable children in Uganda

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AUG
2012

Aids Alliance

SUNRISE-OVC, a project which aims to reach over 1m vulnerable children in Uganda with high quality care and services, has been officially launched by Uganda’s Minister for Youth and Children’s Affairs and USAID.

SUNRISE-OVC stands for ‘Strengthening the Ugandan National Response for Implementation of Services for Orphans and Vulnerable Children’. It is implemented by Alliance Uganda and its partners who were awarded $22.9 million through the five-year project.

On June 16, the Day of the African Child, the project was officially launched by the Ugandan Minister of Youth and Children’s Affairs, the Honorable Ronald Kibuule, along with Tamika Allen, USAID’s Deputy Team Leader on HIV/AIDS.

Minister Kibuule said, “I want to assure our children across the country that the government is increasingly prioritising you and your needs. I am very happy with SUNRISE-OVC and with all our donor countries who consistently show the love of brotherhood and sisterhood”. Minister Kibuule applauded the theme of this year’s Day of the African Child, the rights of children with disabilities, and pledged to tighten monitoring of children’s programmes.

The SUNRISE-OVC project works with local government and communities to improve access, utilisation, coverage and quality of comprehensive services for OVC in 80 districts across Uganda. By the end of the five year project, 1,250,000 children will have benefited from services such as: protection from abuse and neglect; legal support; health care; food and nutrition. Additionally, all 80 districts will be able to integrate OVC issues into their District Development Plans, report using the OVC Management Information System (MIS) and mobilise and allocate adequate resources for OVC.

Tamika Allen called attention to the project's successes so far, saying “In March this year, the project hit the mark of 72 districts that map service coverage and empower communities to plan and respond to the needs of vulnerable children. USAID are very happy to be funding such achievements”.

Alliance Uganda implements the project in partnership with Uganda Women’s Effort to Save Orphans (UWESO) and Management Sciences for Health together with locally contracted NGOs.

ACHIEVEMENTS SO FAR
  • 72 districts regularly conduct assessments of OVC service coverage
  • Support has been provided to 53 districts to integrate OVC plans in their District Development Plans
  • Social welfare officers and community development officers in 80 districts  have provided services to 22,185 OVC in the past year
  • 66 districts have functional OVC coordination mechanisms
  • 54 districts have functional OVC Management Information Systems

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    The SUNRISE project works to improve services for OVC